Media Menu for the Data Center
Copper Fiber Face-off
Data centers evolved from mainframe computer rooms in the 1990’s. At that time 1000BASE-T was being used for high-speed 1 Gb/s applications. A mere decade later brought speeds of 10 Gb/s into fruition in the data center environment. A pre-cursor to the Ethernet protocol, known as Infiniband, utilized twinaxial, or “twinax,” which is a variation of coax cable, but with two conductors instead of one. Infiniband is a high-speed; low-latency architecture that is primarily used for interconnects between switches and servers. The distance is limited to 7-15 meters (server to server, server to SAN or server to switch).